Whirlwind [NOOK Book]

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the pulse-pounding Vertical Run comes a spellbinding new white-knuckle thriller to keep you up all night.

Charlie McKenzie is the best at what he does, and what he does best of all is the CIA's dirty work. At least he did until his bosses double-crossed him. Jailed and disgraced to cover up a mammoth intelligence blunder, Charlie wants to get even.

Opportunity knocks when Irina Kolodenkova, a young ...

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the pulse-pounding Vertical Run comes a spellbinding new white-knuckle thriller to keep you up all night.

Charlie McKenzie is the best at what he does, and what he does best of all is the CIA's dirty work. At least he did until his bosses double-crossed him. Jailed and disgraced to cover up a mammoth intelligence blunder, Charlie wants to get even.

Opportunity knocks when Irina Kolodenkova, a young Russian spy, stumbles across a top-secret technology called Whirlwind, the most important military breakthrough since the atomic bomb. Charlie's the only one with the very special skills needed to track her down and retrieve it. The desk jockeys who betrayed Charlie have no choice: they have to put him back on the job. But Charlie already knows too much. Once he recovers Whirlwind, his enemies plan to betray him again -- this time for keeps.

They put a lethal South African soldier of fortune on Charlie's trail. His orders: keep Charlie in your crosshairs until he finds Whirlwind, then take him down.

However, Charlie has plans of his own, and he is not going to be an easy kill. Quite the contrary ...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061873928
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 40,465
  • File size: 496 KB

Meet the Author

Joseph R. Garber is the author of the international bestseller Vertical Run. Prior to becoming a novelist he was a journalist and businessman. He lives in Northern California, where he is at work on a new thriller.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

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    Pretty good, but not great

    My first exposure to Garber was 'Vertical Run.' If you're expecting something along the same lines, this ain't it. Unless I missed something, we only have the authors word that Charlie Mackenzie is some sort of wunderkind super spy/assasin. However, he's likable enough and the antagonists are hateful so it's an entertaining enough read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2004

    Get caught up in a whirlwind of an exciting read!

    Mr. Garber hasn't written many novels, but the ones he has are TERRIFIC! His style is clever as the characters reveal themselves to the reader via the inner voices of the main characters 'talking to themselves' - sometimes witty, sometimes sobbering thoughts. Action packed and excitingly suspenseful to the last page!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting thriller

    Security failed at the New Mexico base when two generators exploded. The blasts enable Russian spy Irina Kolodenkova to obtain a top secret disc and an even higher classified block of the deadliest weapon ever made, Whirlwind. Irina flees for her country¿s San Francisco embassy so that the seventy pounds weapon of mass destruction can be sent to Moscow.......................... Sam, the National Security Advisor knows that this incident could hurt national security, but worse derail his plans to run for the Oval office. He recruits his best dirty jobs person, former CIA Agent fiftyish widower Charlie McKenzie to ¿save the country¿ by recovering the disc and the block; use any means including murder to stop Irina from delivering the weapon in exchange for $20 million. Charlie rejects the patriotic cry because he spent two years in prison as the sacrificial lamb protecting the administration especially his bosses from taking falls from grace, but grabs the loot. Charlie catches up to Irina, but Sam¿s second agent Johan Schmidt catches up with both of them with the intent of killing the duo and retrieving the disk and the block.............................. This is an exciting action-packed espionage thriller that focuses on a series of chases in which Charlie is either the pursuer or the pursued, which makes him seem more like an athletic late twenties stud. Except for Charlie, whose ironic wit makes him human albeit super spy, much of the rest of the key players seem cartoonist. Still fans who take delight in a wild spy vs. spy vs. spy etc. (Chinese and corporation too) adventure will want top join Charlie on his quest.................................... Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2004

    LET'S HEAR IT FOR CHARLIE!

    Don't you love it when an older guy gets to be the hero? Sit back and listen to the story of a fellow who is not only savvier than his younger colleagues but is also eye candy for a gorgeous young woman. Charlie McKenzie was forced to retire from the CIA for all the wrong reasons. He's been ousted, disgraced, and jailed - undeservedly so. However, even those who hate him know he's the only man they can turn to when a secret weapon is stolen by a beautiful Russian spy, Irina. Okay, Charlie'll do the job, but he'll also charge a high price and make doubly certain that there won't be any more betrayals. Of course, for him retrieving the secret weapon is a piece of cake. However, he's a bit unprepared when a cowardly Secretary of State brings in a South African soldier who murders for money and targets Charlie and Irina. Voice performer Guerin Barry becomes Charlie as this unstoppable veteran struggles to defeat his enemies. Listen and cheer for the gray haired commando. - Gail Cooke

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